NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2023

NABARD Grade A Exam Syllabus and Pattern: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has released the Syllabus and exam Pattern for the NABARD Assistant Manager (Grade A) post along with the NABARD Grade A Recruitment notification 2023. Notification is out for 150 Assistant Manager posts in various offices of the Bank, across India. We JobsCloud collected the NABARD Grade A Exam Syllabus 2023 and posted it here for easy reference of aspirants. Candidates can refer our page and download the latest NABARD Syllabus pdf.

NABARD Grade A Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2023:

The selection process will be based on the following stages

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview.

NABARD Grade A 2023 Recruitment

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked by the candidate. 1/4th of the marks
assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty in the Prelims and Mains exam.

Preliminary Exam Pattern (Multiple Choice):

1Test of Reasoning20120 mins
2English Language30
3Computer Knowledge20
4General Awareness20
5Quantitative Aptitude20
6Decision Making10
7Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)40
8Agriculture & Rural Development (with Emphasis on Rural India)40

Main Exam Pattern (Generalist):

Paper-IGeneral English (Descriptive)10090 mins
Paper-IIEconomic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (Objective & Descriptive)100120 mins


The candidates provisionally selected from the main online examination will have to undergo an Interview.

  • Maximum Marks for Interview (RDBS): 50
  • Candidate may opt for an interview either in Hindi or English.

NABARD Grade ‘A’ Syllabus 2023:

English Language Syllabus:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence Correction
  • Word Meanings
  • Cloze Test
  • One Word Substitution
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Sentence Completion
  • Phrases
  • Active & Passive Voice

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus:

  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • HCF and LCM
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Problems on Trains
  • Average
  • Probability
  • Allegations and Comparison
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Pipes& Cistern
  • Number System
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Percentage
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry

Reasoning Syllabus:

  • Number Series
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Odd Man Out
  • Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Directions Based Concept
  • Row Arrangements
  • Symbols
  • Statement Reading, Understanding

General Awareness:

  • Current World News
  • Current India News
  • Geography Concepts
  • History Concepts
  • Political Science
  • Banking Awareness
  • Emoluments and Other Benefits
  • Acts and Laws related to Bank (NABARD)

Grade A ( RDBS) Phast-II (All Disciplines from (i) to (xi):

English (Descriptive):

Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence.

Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development:

Economic & Social Issues:

  • Nature of Indian Economy – Structural and Institutional features – Economic underdevelopment – Opening up the Indian Economy – Globalisation – Economic Reforms in India – Privatisation. Inflation – Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income.
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Rural and Urban – Measurement of Poverty – Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government.
  • Population Trends – Population Growth and Economic Development – Population Policy in India. Agriculture – Characteristics / Status – Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture – Agricultural performance – Issues in Food Security in India –
    Non Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit.
  • Industry – Industrial and Labour Policy – Industrial performance – Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development – Public Sector Enterprises.
  • Rural banking and financial institutions in India – Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector.
  • Globalisation of Economy – Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation.
  • Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic trends – Urbanisation and Migration – Gender Issues Joint family system – Social Infrastructure – Education – Health and Environment.
  • Education – Status & System of Education – Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy – Educational relevance and educational wastage – Educational Policy for India.
  • Social Justice: Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes – socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes. Positive Discrimination in favour of the under privileged – Social Movements – Indian Political Systems – Human Development.
  • Current Economic & Social Issues.

Agriculture & Rural Development:

  • Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches, Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy.
  • Classification of field crops. Factors affecting on crop production, Agro Climatic
    Zones; Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.
  • Problems of dry land agriculture; Seed production, seed processing, seed village; Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, organic farming;
  • a) Soil and Water Conservation: Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion,
    soil conservation, watershed management;
  • b) Water Resource: Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop-water requirement, command area development, water conservation techniques, micro-irrigation, irrigation pumps, major, medium and minor irrigation.
  • c) Farm and Agri Engineering: Farm Machinery and Power, Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, bio fuels, water harvesting structures, farm ponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.
  • d) Plantation & Horticulture: Definition, meaning and its branches. Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops. Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.
  • e) Animal Husbandry: Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, Utility classification of breeds of cattle. Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification and utility. Introduction to poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management. Concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India. Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.
  • f) Fisheries: Fisheries resources, management and exploitation – freshwater, brackish water and marine; Aquaculture- Inland and marine; biotechnology; post-harvest technology. Importance of fisheries in India. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
  • g) Forestry: Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry. Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management and forest economics. Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest management. Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015. Recent developments under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • h) Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
  • i) Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management and conservation. Causes of climate change, Green House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact to agriculture and rural livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.
  • j) Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities; recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability of agriculture. Factors of Production in agriculture; Agricultural Finance and Marketing; Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security; Concept and Types of Farm Management.
  • Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural Economy Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy, causes of Rural Backwardness.
  • Rural population in India; Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work force; problems and conditions of rural labour; Issues and challenges in Handlooms Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA and other rural development programmes.

Important Links:

NABARD RecruitmentNABARD Grade A 2023
NABARD Official

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